Six Venezuelan nationals were among 13 persons arrested for various offences within the South-Western Division, on Wednesday 21 October 2020.

A release from the Police Service notes that the Venezuelan nationals reportedly had entered the country illegally.

The arrests came following a crime suppression exercise on Wednesday, which was initiated by detectives of the Penal Criminal Investigations Department (CID). The exercise was carried out during the hours of 8 am and noon.

According to the TTPS statement, officers had received information which led them to several areas within the district where the suspects were arrested for the following offences:

● Two 22-year-old Venezuelan male nationals for possession of ammunition

● An 18-year old Venezuelan male for possession of ammunition

● A 19-year-old Venezuelan female for illegal entry

● A 26-year-old Venezuelan female for illegal entry

● A 25-year-old Venezuelan male for illegal entry

● A 30-year-old male for obscene language

● A 35-year-old male for threats to kill

● A 19-year-old male for possession of a weapon

● A 25-year-old male for robbery with aggravation

● A 38-year-old male for storeroom breaking and larceny

● An 18-year-old male for robberies with aggravation

● A 17-year-old male minor for robberies with aggravation

The TTPS says all suspects, including the Venezuelan nationals who have been confined into quarantine, will be charged for the offences.

The exercises were coordinated by Snr Supt (Ag) Brandon John, ASP (Ag) Ramdeen, Insp (Ag) Simon and supervised by Sgt Haynes and included officers attached to the Penal CID and South-Western Division Task Force.